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Desolation of Smaug Film Review

Updated on May 17, 2014

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"After excitedly viewing it for the first time on blu ray, I am going to be completely honest about my feelings toward the movie. It was mediocre compared to the Lord of the Rings or the first Hobbit movie."

An Honest, Perhaps TOO Honest, Review of Desolation of Smaug

Going into this movie I was enthusiastic to see it for the first time. I was unable to view it in the theaters and everyone I knew kept telling me how great it was and joked that I was likely the only person in the entire country that hadn't seen it.

After excitedly viewing it for the first time on blu ray, I am going to be completely honest about my feelings toward the movie. It was mediocre compared to the Lord of the Rings or the first Hobbit movie. Still, after saying that I did enjoy it, but it's probably the worst of all of the Peter Jackson Tolkien movies. There's no getting around the fact that it's loaded with story line that wasn't needed or wasn't part of the original book and the parts that were in the original book were slimmed down for extra padding plot mostly designed to connect the Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings.

I reread the Hobbit book while I had down time at work over last summer in anticipation of this movie. I was looking forward to watching the Mirkwood scene with the spiders but it was skimmed down to add more elf and goblin plot line that wasn't even present in the Hobbit book. I don't mind some of the extra fluff, yet some of it was useless and stupid.

The characters are given more personality in this one which is a plus, but for some reason Bilbo seems to disappear while everyone else is given more screen time. Bilbo is the main character! It's ridiculous to make him simply become non existent just to give other side characters more action and then only have him pop up when he's needed in the dragon scene!

Speaking of which, that dragon scene is the real reason why I don't love Desolation of Smaug. The dragon is given multiple opportunities to roast the dwarves and Bilbo, yet doesn't do it once! He chases them like they're the road runner to his Wiley coyote! Don't get me wrong, I love Smaug's voice, provided by Benedict Cumberbatch, and his design, but Peter Jackson failed on the entire scene of Bilbo meeting Smaug and with his add on scene of the dwarves trying to confront Smaug.

I like the movie Desolation of Smaug, but I can't bring myself to love it. This is more like a Pirates of the Caribbean movie with unbelievably unrealistic cgi action then the seriously toned Lord of the Rings trilogy. It feels like all the designs were rushed whereas the Lord of the Rings seemed to be very well planned and designed. You'll like this movie if you like the rest of the Lord of the Rings movies no doubt. Just forewarning there might be some things that will disappoint you.

Film Rating

3 stars for Desolation of Smaug

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      Tacy 2 years ago

      I only just heard recently that The Hobbit is going to be in three parts. I'm not sure if that's good news or not. Frankly, I'd raehtr just have it all in one movie, since the book itself is just one anyway.I've always been fascinated with space exploration. Having completed my Ender's Game series, I'm pretty excited for more people to have the opportunity to explore space. It seems that we're not really going to have any of that since pretty much the only planets they try to explore are the same ones.

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